PLC Programming from Beginner to Paid Professional Part 3
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PLC Programming from Beginner to Paid Professional Part 3

Learn How to Develop & Embed Machine Vision System in PLC with Demo Videos

About the Book

How This Book can Help You

This playbook is part 3 of my 4-part series on PLC programming. It is an exhaustive collection of my tutorials and demo videos on how you can develop and embed the Cognex In-Sight Machine Vision System in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC).

You will find this book very helpful if you are an electrician, an instrumentation technician, a manufacturing operator, an automation professional or engineer looking to looking to progress their career or level up their knowledge of Machine Vision for industrial development, and to acquire advanced PLC programming skills.

There are 6 chapters in this book. They are accompanied with 23 in-depth HD demo videos that you can download. These videos simplify everything you need to understand, and help you speed up your learning of Cognex In-Sight Machine Vision for industrial development. There is also a link in this book for you to download my PLC programs (codes) for your revision.

I assume you have little knowledge of Machine Vision application to PLCs. So I prepared this book in such a way that when you read it and study the accompanying demo videos (23 episodes), you will not only have an in-depth knowledge of the different parameters which need to be configured in order to properly connect and communicate a Cognex camera to your PLC, you will also learn how to purchase, upgrade/downgrade the device firmware and trigger the camera. This will help gain a lot of job experience you need to build innovations and earn higher salaries.

I start with the basics, that is, an overview of the Cognex In-Sight 7000 Series Camera, and then move on to the detail of the In-Sight Software. Then I proceed to the Cognex pattern and part inspection tools, as well as how to trigger the Cognex In-Sight Camera. I went as far as dedicating a whole chapter to a 3-part in-depth tutorial on how to read bar codes with the camera.

So, after studying this book and the demo videos, you should develop a hands-on approach to the installation and integration of Cognex into Studio 5000 Rockwell Environment, and be able to use it in real world industrial applications.

One of the questions I get asked often by beginners is, where can I get a free download of RSLogix software to practice? I provide in this book links to a free version of the RSLogix Micro Starter Lite (which is essentially the same programming environment as the RSLogix 500 Pro) and a free version of the RSLogix Emulate 500.

In Chapter 4, I also provide links to download the demo edition of RSLogix 5000 / Studio 5000 Logix Designer to your system. I do not only show you how to get these important Rockwell Automation software for free and without hassle, I also show you how to install, configure, navigate and use them to write ladder logic programs.

About the Author

A. B. Lawal
A. B. Lawal

I am multi-talented. As a computer engineer and a computer scientist, I have over 15 years of teaching experience in software development and computer hardware architecture. I am the CEO of Ojula Technology Innovations, a book publishing company. I co-publish my books with Charles H. Johnson who also offers technical assistance to my company. In the last few years I have helped the IT industry develop various useful programs on Windows, MacOS and PLCs (programmable logic controllers).

I always build solutions from scratch and go as far as modifying open source software to meet my client’s needs. As an embedded systems expert, I design embedded Systems that optimize performance and cost against complex requirements. I leverage Stratify OS (a POSIX like RTOS for micro-controllers) to quickly and cost-effectively develop complex firmware applications in Python and C/C++ languages. I work with a dedicated team of Python programmers who look into specific automation problems and proffer solutions to them.

For any inquiry, you can contact us with any of the email addresses below any time. If you want to contribute your knowledge to this website, or if you have a request, just send us your message. We promise to do our best to help.

Bolakale Aremu (CEO), Founder,

Charles H. Johnson (Co-publisher and Technical Assistant)

Table of Contents

  • About the Author
  • How this Book can Help You
  • How to Use the Demo Videos & PLC Programs
  • 1. Hardware Overview: Getting Started with Cognex In-Sight Camera
  • 1.1. First Look at the Cognex In-Sight Camera Series
  • 1.2. Overview of the Cognex In-Sight 7000 Series Camera
  • 1.3. Detailed Look at the Hardware Connections & Pinout from the Cognex 7000 Camera
  • 1.4. Connecting the Cognex Camera to a 24VDC Power Supply
  • 1.5. A Guide to Purchasing a Cognex In-Sight Series Camera
  • 2. In-Sight Software & Getting Started
  • 2.1. In-Sight Explorer Download Instructions
  • 2.2. Establishing an EtherNet Connection to the Camera
  • 2.3. Upgrading or Downgrading the Firmware on the Device
  • 2.4. Setting Up the Image Part 1
  • 2.5. Setting Up the Image Part 2
  • 2.6. Locating the Model (Part) through Cognex Pattern Tool
  • 2.7. Cognex In-Sight Part Inspection Tools Part 1
  • 2.8. Cognex In-Sight Part Inspection Tools Part 2
  • 2.9. External Trigger - Button Setup to Trigger Cognex In-Sight Camera
  • 2.10. External Trigger - Sensor Setup to Trigger Cognex In-Sight Camera
  • 3. Cognex Intermediate Topics
  • 3.1. Working & Managing "Job" Files
  • 3.2. Reading 1D Barcodes Job Tutorial Part 1
  • 3.3. Reading 1D Barcodes Job Tutorial Part 2
  • 3.4. Reading 1D Barcodes Job Tutorial Part 3
  • 4. Cognex Integration into Studio 5000 Rockwell Environment
  • 4.1. Initializing Studio 5000 Program & Preliminary Configuration
  • 4.2. Cognex AOP (Add-On Profile) Installation & Integration
  • 4.3. Downloading Studio 5000 Program to the PLC & Testing Communication to Module
  • 4.4. Initializing Cognex Job & Basic Configuration for Barcode 1D Reader
  • 4.5. Cognex Communication to PLC & Setting Up Barcode Data Passing
  • 4.6. Cognex Job Change through EtherNet/IP using a CompactLogix PLC System
  • 5. How to Download the Demo Videos, PLC Programs (Codes) & Demo Editions of RSLogix 5000 / Studio 5000 Logix Designer
  • 6. How to Get Further Help
  • 6.1. More Helpful Resources
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